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IoT Trust Framework Released - Momentum Growing

The Online Trust Alliance’s IoT Trust Framework is rapidly evolving to be the foundation of an international effort to integrate security, privacy and sustainability in IoT devices and services. Developed over the past twelve months, the Framework represents collective input from over 100 organizations who, through a multi-stakeholder process, established a baseline Framework of 30 essential criteria.

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Trust and Taxes

Tax season.  It's that time again for taxpayers and cybercriminals. While earners work to complete their 1040s, criminals tune their tax fraud campaigns with increased sophistication. Reputable companies are being victimized, tarnishing their brands and impacting their business models, employees and shareholders.  In today’s world knowing who you can trust is crucial to navigating the tax season -- but sadly, many companies are failing security fundamentals, consumer protection and responsible privacy practices.

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It Sees You When You're Sleeping, It Knows When You're Awake

I love my fitness tracker.  Not only does it affirm me (I met my today’s goal!), it also supports my inner narrative (of course I’m cranky – I slept badly last night… be nice to me).  Last holiday season it was the gift I didn’t even know I wanted until I got it.  This year, we’re both older and wiser. Trust in our relationship has shifted from blind innocence to practical, mature action.  I’ve come to realize more and more about how my device gathers, transmits and stores reams of personal data on me and my habits.

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Why We Need an IoT Framework

We already suspected our smart TVs were ‘watching’ our viewing behavior and sharing data with advertising and television business partners.  Now, our smart TVs can open our homes to criminals. 

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Does Your Favorite Presidential Candidate Make the Grade?

As the Presidential race kicks into high gear, voters are evaluating how candidates will tackle tough issues on foreign and domestic policy.  Let’s hope they don’t overlook topics relating to online privacy and security.  A recent Pew Research Center survey indicates that 74% of Americ

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